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March 2021 Amber Grant Awarded to Muse Relations

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

We’re excited to announce the $10,000 March Amber Grant recipient. Congratulations to Katie Brunelle and Maggie Knowles, Co-Founders of Muse Relations. Muse Relations is a PR and marketing agency that focuses on strategic storytelling and relationship building.

Katie and Maggie are the fourth qualifiers for the 2021 year-end Amber Grant ($25,000).

Recently, WomensNet Advisory Board member Marcia Layton Turner sat down with both ladies for an exclusive (virtual) interview. You can watch that conversation right here or find the transcript listed below.

 

WomensNet: Welcome everyone to a chat with two of this month’s WomensNet’s winners of the Amber Grant. Today, we’re speaking with Katie Brunelle and Maggie Knowles of Muse Relations, who with their business partner, Victoria Furman, are the Amber Grant winners for March, 2021. I’m Marcia Layton Turner, and I’m one of the members of the WomensNet Advisory Board.

So, Katie and Maggie, why don’t we start by just getting a little bit of background. Tell us about your company, beginning with why you started it.

Muse: Absolutely. Thanks for talking to us, Marcia. We started a PR and marketing agency initially, in January of 2020, and we came together with our own skills. We had a really successful restaurant opening pop-up that we came together for, and we sold a hundred tickets in five days. It was a huge success. So we decided to start our own company together. I gave the full-time clients that I was working with a timeline to be done with them by March 2020…so very timely, we had our own company… right when the pandemic started. We did lose some clients that were non-essential businesses that had to shut down at the time. So we used that word ‘pivot,’ and we ended up finding a lot of people looking for production, which we also had experience with: TV, commercials, YouTube channels, local TV.

So we transitioned from Muse Relations into more Muse Media. That’s kind of the evolution of us.

One of our first big commercial clients wanted to create really great content that showed different people outside of their normal hunting/fishing group. So we brought in women who are fly fishers and hikers. We really worked with them to enhance their existing audience and to attract more people into the outdoors while we couldn’t do anything else during the pandemic.

WomensNet: So what do you think has been the secret to success so far?

Muse: We are dedicated. We have drive. We check in all the time with each other. Whatever project we’re working on, everybody is all hands in. But we’re also human and we allow ourselves and our team to be human. So if [someone’s] kid is sick, if you’re having an off day [we understand]. We are both single moms. So, well, three of us, we’re all single moms. So we have a family first ethos. We’re at home. We’re trying to be teachers, we’re still trying to work. So if someone’s having a crisis, we’re not going to force them to jump on a Zoom call with us. You take care of your kids and then we’ll regroup. We’ll get back together when things are common on the homefront. That balance really makes the work side of things work out better.

WomensNet: And how big is your team there? The three founders, then how many other contractors and employees do you have?

Muse: We work with quite a few videographers, editors, graphic designers, developers. We’ve worked with 20+ other people on different projects. We do have a film crew that we are bringing with us on a couple of projects.

WomensNet: What made you decide to apply for an Amber Grant? Did you have a particular need? How did you find it?

Muse: Probably a year ago was the first time we heard about you. And we’ve been following along. But this project that we applied for specifically — which we can talk about in a second — we felt like we had narrowed down exactly what we needed the money for. And we had a tangible product, something that we already knew we could accomplish and put a great product forward. I think that’s why the Amber Grant felt like a really good fit at this time.

WomensNet: Tell us about how you’re going to use the $10,000. You did have a very specific plan for that.

Muse: Yes. One of the projects that we are just wrapping up right now is a local TV show. It was the third season and they asked us to come in and help host and produce for this season only. We quadrupled sponsorship and boosted the viewership on a Saturday night at 7:30 PM. We have a thousand viewers in Maine. So it was really successful. We get so many compliments all the time on the work that we did with that show that we were inspired to create our own show. And it’s really specific. We’re pretty passionate about this project because I really believe it’s going to help our entire state and with the pandemic. We’re really looking toward our food industry, but not just the restaurants. We want to find our farmers and our lobstermen and growers, and everyone who’s actually producing that food that then goes into Maine’s restaurant industry. Maine is known for going farm to table.

Muse: So we have a lot of farmers and people that we are excited to interview. So it’s not just a typical cooking show. I’ll start interviewing one of these growers, these farmers, getting their story, really figuring out what they’re passionate about and any pivots that they’ve had to make coming out of this odd time in history. Really getting into what makes their farm, or whatever they do, special. And then we’ll be getting some seasonal ingredients from them, taking it back to an incredible award-winning local chef here who will show all the beautiful things that he’ll do with the food. What we really love is that then he’ll wrap up with what to do with the leftovers, because I think people are so much more aware now of waste, and being sustainable. And then having that leftover piece, I think will be an extra fun tidbit.

Another piece is that when the chef is cooking, when it’s done, we’re going to gather at a table with the farmer who helped bring the food and some other local people who have something to do with the topic that we’ll discuss. So we’re calling the show, Grown and Gathered. It’s going to be a New England, come-and-we’ll-feed-you, and that’s how we show we love you type of show.

So the grant we applied for because we wanted to get started on production. So we’ve already done our sizzle reel. We did all of our graphic work today and we’re getting ready to do our first full two episodes. So thanks to you, that was able to happen pretty quickly.

WomensNet: Tell us about the future plans for your company. Where are you going to go from here?

Muse: We have had more interest in our public relations and marketing side of things. So we’re going to grow both sides of the company. Maggie is going to steer Muse Media. She’s going to be a creative director, and I’ll [Katie] be directing the PR side. We have so many more ideas, especially with media, that we’re really excited about, and pitching even wider nationally. We have some big plans, because the model of the show can be taken anywhere. Every state has a beautiful story with their food, their heritage, their seasons, and then what can be done with that. So we’re excited to someday take it on the road.

WomensNet: Do you have any advice for aspiring women entrepreneurs? Anything that you’ve learned along the way that you think might be helpful for them?

Muse: I think women tend to really give themselves a hard time if they’re not doing everything 100% perfectly. Give yourself the permission to be good at whatever you’re doing in that moment. We’d all go crazy and would never sleep if we were a perfect mom, a perfect business person, etc. So allow yourself to be in the moment, whether it’s 12% or 80%. And be okay with that. You’re doing the best you can in that time and let yourself be in your creative space, or your parenting space, or whatever that looks like. That’s what you’re supposed to be and be proud of yourself because you’re amazing.

I would say say stick with it. There were certainly times when we thought, ‘Oh my gosh, what are we doing? Shouldn’t we be applying for jobs somewhere?’ And we really feel like we’ve hit our stride and it’s coming together. So I would say sticking with it and believing in what you have is really important. And being grateful — always be grateful. We start many team meetings with gratitude.

WomensNet: Awesome. Well, Katie and Maggie, thank you so much for taking a few minutes to share your story with the WomensNet community. Congratulations on being our latest winners.

February 2021 Amber Grant Awarded to Eliza Dolls

Friday, March 19th, 2021

We’re delighted to announce the $10,000 February Amber Grant recipient. Congratulations to Eliza Kosoy, Founder of Eliza Dolls. E-liza dolls are 18’’ dolls that teach young girls (ages 7-12) how to code and build hardware through fun, tech-enabled projects.

Eliza is the third qualifier for the 2021 year-end Amber Grant ($25,000).

This week, WomensNet Advisory Board member Marcia Layton Turner sat down for an interview with Eliza. You can watch that conversation right here or find the transcript listed below.

 

Marcia Layton Turner

Welcome everyone to a chat with one of WomensNet’s winners of the Amber Grant. Today, we’re speaking with Eliza Kosoy of Eliza Dolls, who is the Amber Grant winner for February, 2021. I’m Marcia Layton Turner. I’m one of the members of the WomensNet Advisory Board.

Now, anybody who watched our premiere video from last month, may be wondering if we only give money to the makers of dolls. And the answer of course is no. It just so happened that these impressive applicants, for very different types of dolls, came in back to back. And so we didn’t want to not give Eliza money, because her idea is fantastic. So I just wanted to address that right upfront in case anybody had any questions.

So Eliza, why don’t we start by you telling us about your product and your business, maybe beginning with why you started it.

Eliza Kosoy

Okay. And thank you so much… I had this breaking point moment. I used to work in this lab at MIT, this computational cognitive science lab, and it was 28 men and 2 women. And one day we’re in a lab meeting, and this guy who’s this math prodigy genius is talking about this AI that could do 30 kills per minute [talking about video games]. And everybody was geeking out about it. I was like, why is this what we’re working on? AI is so powerful. It has the power to change the world. And that kind of made me realize: if we had more diversity in the room, if we had more women in the room, we might be focusing on different issues.

So that’s kind of why had the idea. I was like, how can I fix this? How can I get more women into the field? How can I make the field more diverse?

Marcia

At what point did you start thinking about developing a doll to help teach coding?

Eliza

When I would ask anyone in the lab, when did you start programming, everyone would say, when I was a kid. And if you look at all the people that are tech billionaires, like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Sergey Brin… Facebook, Microsoft, Google. All those guys started tinkering with computers when they were kids. But then I flashed back to my own life and I was the biggest doll nerd. I just loved dolls and dollhouses. I was angry at my childhood self for not playing with computers. And I was like, how can I make these two worlds come together? Young girls really like dolls and they like fashion… And, I don’t want to be penalizing them for having these interests.

A lot of the STEM toys on the market are mostly targeted for boys. So that’s how I had the idea. I was like, let’s merge these worlds where they can still play with what they like, but there’s a whole technology aspect to it.

Marcia

Awesome. Well, can you show us one of the dolls? I know you have a couple of prototypes.

Eliza

[Shown to screen] These are just the prototypes that I made to just show how it works. But they all have this little computer inside called an Arduino. This one’s lighting up and it has different sensors on it. She’s got the slide up belts and it make sounds. And you’ll be able to code it, to do all these different projects based on different sensors. [Shown to screen.] Here’s one where it has a screen. So you can upload whatever images you want to it and just do all these different things with it. And I’m going to have a bunch of different projects that come with each doll.

Marcia

And you were telling me that you use an iPad to instruct the doll?

Eliza

The way that you’re going to be able to code the doll is through block programming, which is a way to teach kids how to code, where they drag little blocks. They look like little Legos almost, but each one represents a piece of code. So it’s easier for kids to begin understanding the logical thinking of coding. You can do that on this app on an iPad or on a computer, but probably it’s easier to use your fingers on an iPad or a large phone. And then through Bluetooth, it gets sent right to the doll. So it’ll be kind of easy.

Marcia

So what do you think has been the secret to your success so far?

Eliza

I really, really care about this. I’m super passionate about it. I really think it can make a huge difference. The more I tell people about it and get their feedback, that’s what really inspires me. I always get such great feedback. And winning a grant, that’ll definitely keep me going. I’m like, okay, I’m on the right track. But mostly just seeing [the response]. When I show it to little girls, they love it. And that for me is like, yes I’m doing something right. And I really hope I can make a difference in this way.

Marcia

What made you decide to apply for an Amber Grant?

Eliza

One of my mentors, this woman who knows all the grants, told me about it. And then I saw the website and I saw the application was very easy to fill out. [It was a] no brainer. When you have a startup, you always need money and the easier the application, the better it is. I just thought it was totally what I’m looking for and awesome. I looked at some of the previous winners and they were kind of early stages too. I think I’m more early stage. It’s harder to find grants for early stage startups. So that’s why I applied — and yeah, super grateful that I won.

Marcia

How are you going to use the $10,000 to grow the company?

Eliza

One of the things I definitely need help paying for is getting this prototype made in Los Angeles. They’re manufacturing it. So it’s a professionally made product that I can launch on Kickstarter. So part of it’s going to go to that. The other part that I’ve recently didn’t know if I could afford, but now I think I can afford, is to hire a design person. So someone with real design experience who can help with the brand, the packaging and things like that. Things for social media [and marketing].

Marcia

So looking ahead, what are some future plans that you may have for the company?

Eliza

Like I said, there’s this factory in Los Angeles that’s making the prototype. I’m hoping to launch on Kickstarter within two months. So I think within three months definitely there’ll be a Kickstarter launch and the plan is to have different levels that people can invest in. And there’ll be a website too. If you want to go to the website and sign up for our email list, then I can send you an email update about our launch.

Marcia

Do you think you’ll develop additional dolls down the line? Will you develop new features for the dolls? Thinking even beyond when you introduce the product, what are you going to do?

Eliza

Oh, for sure. So I want to have as many different looking dolls as possible. I really want to have a diverse set of dolls. I want them to all look different. I want them to appeal to all different kinds of little girls. That’s something that’s really big for me, but the given the budget and the constraints I could only make two. So [pointing to dolls] these are the two that I’m going to have for now.

Accessories are going to be endless. The cool thing about electronics is you can use different sensors to make all of these different kinds of projects. I have so many ideas, it was really hard to constrain it to the set that I’m going to have. But, using different electronics to teach different concepts… that’s how I’m planning to expand it.

Marcia

I’m thinking of Build-a-Bear and all the accessories they have for that. So this could be the upgraded American Girl Doll, almost with all the additional things, the non-techie things.

Eliza

That would be an insane dream… to have a store that would be half coding center where kids could come in and take computer classes, where they could learn things… But also, enabling them to build their own things through the different sensors you could sell in an easy to digest way.

Marcia

So do you have any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs? Anything that you’ve learned along the way so far that might help women who want to run their own businesses?

Eliza

Don’t give up. I think it’s really easy to give up because things get messed up constantly and I’m always questioning myself, like, why am I doing this? Why did I think I could do this? So definitely don’t give up. Also, if someone does say something discouraging, use that as fuel.

Definitely try to find female mentors — they’re everywhere. They’re so helpful and they want to help you. I wouldn’t have known about this grant if it wasn’t for one of my mentors.

And then I would say, apply for everything. I apply for a lot of things. The more things you apply for, the better you get at applying for them. And you just have no clue what’s out there and what you could win. And that’s been a big part of my journey.

Marcia

Great advice. Thank you so much for your time and for sharing your story with the WomensNet community. And congratulations on being our latest Amber Grant winner.

January 2021 Amber Grant Awarded to StepStitches

Saturday, February 20th, 2021

We’re thrilled to announce the $10,000 January Amber Grant recipient. Congratulations to Stephanie Dean, Founder of StepStitches, a home-based sewing business. Stephanie is the second qualifier for the 2021 year-end Amber Grant ($25,000).

What started out as a hobby (in 2016) soon became a growing business. To date, Stephanie has hand-made nearly 900 unique dolls.

Here are Stephanie’s words (via the StepStiches website):

I make the Raggedy Ann doll that I wanted as a child growing up in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I have always loved dolls, and my mother, an elementary school teacher, went to great lengths to find African American dolls for me. She felt it was important for my self-image to have a positive reflection of myself during playtime. 

Cinnamon Annie® Raggedy Ann doll is a vintage-style handmade doll with a modern twist. Instead of the pinafore apron worn by the traditional Raggedy Ann doll, Cinnamon Annie dons beautifully colored dresses and styles fashioned for today’s modern little girl. She is a keepsake doll that can either be played with, used for decoration or can be collected.

My customers seem to like the nostalgia of the Raggedy Ann dolls they remember from their childhood as well as the modern styling that a contemporary little girl would like. 

Stephanie’s plan is to create a full product line built around the dolls. This product line will include children’s apparel, room décor and more. She’s also in the process of publishing a book titled Annie and Me: A Children’s Book about Imagination and Friendship. The planned release date is March 1, 2021.

Among other designations, grant funds will be used to upgrade sewing equipment and hire an illustrator for upcoming children’s books. A portion will also fund distribution of dolls and books to charity and school events.

Stephanie shared more in an interview with our own Marcia Layton Turner.

 

You can follow StepStitches on Facebook and Instagram. You can make a purchase on Etsy.

December 2020 Amber Grant Awarded to Silk Stem Collective

Monday, January 18th, 2021

We’re thrilled to announce the $10,000 December Amber Grant recipient. Congratulations to Amanda and Megan Rapacz, Co-Founders of Silk Stem Collective. They’re the first qualifiers for the 2021 year-end Amber Grant ($25,000).

For information on their business, their advice for other female entrepreneurs and more, continue on to our interview below.

Note: Applications are currently being reviewed for the $10,000 January Amber Grant. You can apply today to be considered.

WN: Describe Silk Stem Collective and the purpose it serves.

Amanda: At Silk Stem Collective we believe single use items, especially in the event industry, are poisoning our planet. We strive to offer beautiful alternatives for our eco-conscious consumers.

Silk Stem Collective is a faux flower rent-and-return boutique. Brides and grooms rent our beautiful flowers for their event. We believe in reducing waste by providing affordable, high-quality faux flowers to everyone.

Many fresh wedding flowers are grown with toxic chemicals and shipped from around the world using lots of energy and water in the process. And many fresh flower alternatives are only used once and end up in a landfill once the event is over. With Silk Stem Collective, couples borrow flowers and return them after the event, significantly reducing waste and carbon footprint.

Our business began during the COVID pandemic as we saw a new market emerging: more and more couples were eloping or having micro weddings due to the social distancing restrictions. We noticed many of these couples were choosing non-traditional florals and were looking for affordable options. We saw this opportunity and Silk Stem Collective was born!

Since then, we’ve had customers from around the country rent our reusable collections for their events. We simply ship the flowers to customers and after the event they ship them back with a pre-paid shipping label provided by us.

The business is young but it’s already catching on. Website traffic increases every month and we have couples from around the country booking collections for 2021 weddings. We currently offer over 15 unique collections for rent!

WN: What differentiates you from competitors?

Amanda: While the wedding floral market is competitive, we don’t see many options for fresh flower alternatives that realistically mimic fresh flowers. Our market is asking for affordable, beautiful alternatives so we sourced the highest quality faux flowers for our collections.

Our mission is to provide beautiful florals at a reasonable price range. Although the cost to purchase each collection is high, our rent and return model allows us to spread that cost over many different customers. As a result, our customers save up to 70% on florals when renting with us compared to purchasing fresh flowers.

WN: What are some upcoming milestones for Silk Stem Collective?

Amanda: This is a really exciting time for Silk Stem Collective. We hope to see an increase in weddings as the world begins to recover from the pandemic. To prepare, we are currently perfecting the rent-and-return experience, administering user experience testing for our website, and researching floral trends for 2021 to ensure our collections appeal to even the most fashion-forward couples. Meanwhile, we are establishing our brand image on social media and doing what we can to get our name out there.

WN: How are you planning to market the Silk Stem Collective brand?

Amanda: We know fake flowers have a stigma. When people think of fake flowers, they think of the flower aisle at the craft store filled with plastic-looking, cheap flowers with an odd smell. But most people have never seen the beauty of high-quality fake flowers in person.

The main goal of our marketing strategy is to show everyone that high-quality fake flowers are realistic and beautiful fresh flower alternatives. We will be using some mainstream marketing streams like social media, sponsored content, and Instagram ads but the majority of our marketing is more personal.

Customers need to see for themselves how amazing faux florals can be. So far, partnering with wedding planners and investing into our Sample Program have been the most fruitful marketing avenues. Once people see our flowers in person, they understand the value and beauty of our collections.

WN: Share some advice you’d give an aspiring female entrepreneur.

Amanda: It does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop.

My sister and I still work full time jobs. We are a team of two. All of the work done for Silk Stem Collective is done in the early mornings, late nights, over lunch breaks, and on days off. We work very hard, but we also take things at a manageable pace. We aim to accomplish just a few meaningful tasks every day. Over time, the meaningful things have built up into something amazing.

On tough days when we just don’t feel like working, we lean on gratitude. We always make time to look forward to the next milestone. To overcome tough days, we make it a point to reflect on the milestones we’ve already hit to help motivate us to continue to work towards our dreams.

WN: If you have anything else to share, please do!

Amanda: As a business founded on a passion for eco-consciousness, we try to live that mission in everything we do for Silk Stem Collective, both with our product and with our day-to-day operations.

We reuse packaging as many times as we can. We don’t do any paper mailings, and we try to minimize the paper goods in our shipments. We also avoid air freight as much as possible.

Silk Stem Collective is always on the lookout for new ways to reduce our footprint and have a bigger impact on the high-waste event industry. We’d love to collaborate with other eco-event businesses and founders to promote eco-friendly options for weddings and make low-waste options more mainstream, especially as we grow as a company and have a larger audience.

Join the journey with us on Instagram @SilkStemCollective.

2020 Year-End Amber Grant Awarded to Savhera

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

WomensNet, which is committed to supporting and funding women-owned businesses, is pleased to announce the recipient of its annual $25,000 Amber Grant for Women.

This year’s winner is Vanessa Bouche from Hurst, Texas.  She’s the co-founder of Savhera, and our March 2020 Amber Grant recipient.

In the words of Vanessa:  “Our aim is to provide customers with premium essential oil products that contribute to wellness, justice, and sustainability at home and around the world.”

Despite an extremely challenging year, Vanessa had a busy and productive 2020. Here are the highlights, in her words:

 

For more on Savhera, visit the website or Facebook page.

November 2020 Amber Grant Awarded to Nenikanopi

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

We’re thrilled to announce the $10,000 November Amber Grant recipient. Congratulations to LindyJo Larnard, Founder of Nenikanopi.  LindyJo is the final qualifier for the 2020 year-end Amber Grant ($25,000).

For information on her business, her advice for other female entrepreneurs and more, continue on to our interview below. You can also follow Nenikanopi on IG.

Note: Applications are currently being reviewed for the $10,000 December Amber Grant. You can apply today to be considered.

 

WN: Describe Nenikanopi and the purpose it serves

LL: Nenikanopi began with an idea to solve a problem with an amazing product and an awesome purpose: to give all breastfeeding moms and babies the peace of mind and comfort they deserve. I invented a nursing cover that came from necessity when nothing worked well for me and my babies. Other moms shared this same need with nothing out there to fill it.

What started with a need for moms who want privacy when breastfeeding but are left with an either-or scenario ended with a patented product that offers moms a way to free up their hands while baby stays comfortable and mom stays fully covered. A true nursing friendly cover that gives the best both nursing cover worlds have to offer.

I kicked myself into overdrive and started Nenikanopi, patented my product, trademarked Nenikanopi myself, and manufactured my invention so other moms could have this option that wasn’t available anywhere, online or in-stores, until now with Nenikanopi.

WN: What differentiates you from competitors’?

LL: No other cover can do for moms what this cover can. We offer the world’s first and only multi-use cover that provides moms full 360 coverage with handsfree line of sight so moms can focus on what matters most without the struggle with fabric or worry of being exposed. Not only is being handsfree a plus for busy mamas but this allows moms and babies view of each other, as eye contact is so important for a child’s brain, social, and emotional development. Studies show this bonding between mom and baby looking at each other not only helps motivate babies to vocalize but also strengthens the parent/child relationship even down the road.

The problem with all other nursing covers is you only have two options to choose from that leave you in an either-or situation. Moms are at loss. Your first option is a multi-use product like a scarf, blanket, car seat cover, or poncho which leaves baby overheated, sweaty, and without much visibility for mom to see in, see baby, and see what she’s doing. Your second option is an apron with a rigid neckline that offers a view of baby but leaves your sides and back exposed.

Available covers on the market are either too hot underneath from multi-use products’ fabric draped over baby’s face or leave mom exposed whenever baby performs gymnastics while nursing. Moms need to latch and switch sides and a nursing cover shouldn’t make things harder for either of them. But that’s all they had to choose from… that is, until Nenikanopi.

We offer the only multi-use cover, with its patented design, that allows it to open into a canopy (with removable flexible inserts) when used for privacy to nurse or pump. Afterwards, it can be worn as an infinity scarf, poncho, or used as a car seat cover. It’s lightweight, breathable, soft, fashionable, and multifunctional. No other cover can compare to the optimal air circulation it’s patented kanopi provides. For moms and babies, it’s a win-win.

Not only can it do for moms and babies what no other cover can, it’s completely grown and made in the USA. We chose to give back to our US economy and work with people close to home to make our covers, instead of cheaper costs and larger profits offshore.

WN: What is an upcoming milestone for Nenikanopi?

LL: We’re looking to introduce new product to add to our inventory for 2021.

WN: How are you planning to market the Nenikanopi brand?

LL: We’ll be reaching out to mamas on social media, parents, collaborating with others and other brands to get Nenikanopi off its feet. We’ll get Nenikanopi in front of people who have yet to know our brand and product exists.

WN: Share some advice you’d give an aspiring female entrepreneur

LL: You’ll find yourself feeling out of your comfort zone. You might be afraid… afraid to fail. Whatever you’re afraid of, keep your head up. Take it one day at a time, one task at a time; little by little check those to-dos off your list and you’ll get there.

Whatever or whoever it is that gives you strength or helps motivate you, that’ll help you get through the tough… and laugh, because everyone starts somewhere. Everyone makes mistakes. Learn from them, dust yourself off, and move on. Don’t let fear keep you from making that leap. Believe in yourself and keep at it; the rest will follow. You’ve got this. Don’t you want to see what can happen if you refuse to give up?

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